On Tuesday, February 23, as a tribute to the magic, music and messages of “Captain EO,” the 3-D musical adventure is returning to the Tomorrowland theater in which it debuted. While it’s not possible to replicate some special effects elements from the original presentation, it will boast a new 70mm print of the film, and it will sound better than ever thanks to acoustic enhancements made to the theater since the film last played there in 1997.
Produced by George Lucas and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the 17 minute short film was produced at a mind-numbing cost of $17 million in 1986, making this the most expensive film ever created. Disney calls it the first "4D" film, which means that it was a 3D film that used gimmicks built into the theater - like smoke and lasers - to help expand the 3D viewing experience for the audience.
Apparently there has been a grass-roots effort from fans to bring the short film back to Disneyland. Michael Jackson's death brought that to a head. Rumors started floating last year that Disney was looking into bringing EO back, but those rumors were quickly denied. Disney CEO Bob Iger later hinted that they were looking into it, but wanted to make sure that if they did it, they wanted to do it right.